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Whether you’re a new or an experienced provider, Medicare can sometimes be challenging to navigate. Novitas Solutions invites you to join us at the 2018 Medicare Symposium to explore the most current information and resources available to help you remain compliant with the Medicare program.

This year’s conference offers numerous classes, during multiple sessions, dedicated to providing you with the knowledge necessary to be a successful Medicare provider. You have the option of attending a class within each session, or customizing your participation to your own personal schedule and area of interest.

In order to register for the symposium, select the city you would like to attend using the hyperlink in the Locations column below. You will be directed to the Novitas Medicare Learning Center. If you do not have a Novitas Medicare Learning Center account, click on Create Account from the Novitas Learning Center Login page.

Did you know that you can earn up to 6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per day at our Symposiums? The number of CEUs is based on the number of classes you attend.

Register today to reserve your place at the 2018 Novitas Solutions Medicare Symposium!

Symposium Dates and Locations

Dates

Location

Venue Information

Registration

9/6/2018 - 9/7/2018

Pittsburgh, PA

Embassy Suites Pittsburgh -Downtown
535 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Register

11/6/2018 - 11/7/2018

Bethlehem, PA

Best Western
300 Gateway Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18017

Register

Outlined below is a sample schedule for the Symposium event. To access the actual schedule for the event, select Register. To view the class description, click on the hyperlink in the course title.

Day 1 Schedule

Time

Title

Audience

7:30 - 8:00

General Registration

A/B

8:00 - 8:45

2018 Novitas Solutions Symposium Welcome

A/B

9:00 - 10:30

Discover Office and Hospital Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services

B

 

Navigating the Basics of Medicare

A/B

 

Novitas Partnership Speaker

TBD

 

The Path to Proper Modifier Reporting - Part A

A

10:30 - 10:45

Break

 

10:45 - 12:15

Effective Methods for Scoring and Coding of Evaluation and Management (E/M) Service

B

 

Navigating Part B Medicare Billing

B

 

Novitas Partnership Speaker

TBD

 

Navigating Part A Medicare Billing

A

12:15 - 1:30

Lunch

 

1:30 - 3:00

Journey Through the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) and Medically Unlikely Edits (MUE)

A/B

 

Prevent Part B Claim Denials and Rejections

B

 

Novitas Partnership Speaker

TBD

 

Prevent Part A Claim Denials and Rejections

A

3:00 - 3:15

Break

 

3:15 - 4:45

The Path to Proper Modifier Reporting - Part B

B

 

Navigation of the Part B Redetermination and Clerical Error Reopening Process

B

 

Novitas Partnership Speaker

TBD

 

Integrity Matters!

A/B

Day 2 Schedule

To view the class description, click on the hyperlink in the course title.

Time

Title

Audience

7:30 - 8:00

General Registration

A/B

8:00 - 9:30

Journey Through the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) and Medically Unlikely Edits (MUEs)

A/B

 

Mastering Part B Medicare Secondary Payer Billing

B

 

Novitas Round Table - Part A

A

 

Navigating the Provider Enrollment Process

A/B

9:30 - 9:45

Break

 

9:45 - 11:15

The Path to Proper Modifier Reporting - Part B

B

 

Integrity Matters!

 
 

Novitas Round Table - Part B

B

 

Mastering Part A Medicare Secondary Payer Billing

A

11:15 - 12:30

Lunch

 

12:30 - 2:00

Discover Office and Hospital Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services

B

 

Journey through the Part A Financial Reimbursement Process

A

 

Understanding Skilled Nursing Facility Consolidated Billing

A/B

 

Novitas Partnership Speaker

TBD

2:00 - 2:15

Break

 

2:15 - 3:45

Effective Methods for Scoring and Coding of Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services

B

 

Care Management Services: Navigate Medicare Regulations, Proper Billing and Documentation Requirements

B

 

Explore Medicare Guidelines for Outpatient Services Provided to Inpatients of Other Facilities

A

 

Navigation of the Part A Redetermination and Clerical Error Reopening Process

A

Symposium Quick Tips

Cost

The symposium is FREE to attend.   Register today!

Event Registration

Registration for each day of the symposium will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. Attendees must check in for general registration and at each class to receive credit for attending.

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is free and will be available at all events.  Bring your laptop, device, or smart phone to access our interactive event handout materials available in the Learning Management System.  Hardcopy handout materials will not be available at the event.

Food and Beverages

Novitas Solutions will not be providing food or beverages.  If food or beverages are available at the venue, it will be at your expense. A break will be provided for lunch.

Parking

Novitas makes every effort to ensure parking is available at the venue.  However, there may be occasions where you may have to pay for parking.

Accessibly for Persons with Disabilities (ADA)

Novitas Solutions makes every attempt to meet ADA requirements for all meeting rooms and/or provisions of services for attendees with sensory impairments.  Should you need special assistance please contact us at education@novitas-solutions.com prior to the date of your scheduled event.

Contact Us

For questions, problems registering, and /or concerns, please send an email to education@novitas-solutions.com.  Please include as much detailed information as possible (i.e., contact information, user name, description of problem, etc.) so that we may resolve your issue.

Class Descriptions

Care Management Services: Navigate Medicare Regulations, Proper Billing, and Documentation Requirements

Do you assist with advance care planning? Are you treating patients with two or more chronic conditions? Do you help coordinate care for patients transitioning to a community setting? This class will focus on Advanced Care Planning, Chronic Care Management Services, and Transitional Care Management coding and billing guidelines. The information you receive in the class will enhance your knowledge and help to ensure proper billing, review common documentation errors, obtain valuable resources, participate in practical application scenarios, and explore self-service tools.

Target Audience: Physicians, Non-Physician Practitioners, compliance officers, billing and coding professionals who have a basic knowledge of E/M services

Discover Office and Hospital Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services

Want to learn more about how to bill and document E/M services? This is the course for you! This class will review the relevant Medicare guidelines regarding initial and subsequent inpatient hospital evaluation and management services as well as new and established office/outpatient evaluation and management guidelines. Frequently identified billing and documentation errors will be discussed and helpful tips for resolution will be reviewed.

Target Audience: Physicians, Non-Physician Practitioners, compliance officers, and billing and coding professionals who have a basic knowledge of E/M services. We recommend you take this class as a prerequisite to Effective Methods for Billing and Coding of Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services class.

Effective Methods for Scoring and Coding Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services

The November 2017 CERT Report indicates nationally a $33 billion projected improper payment for claims sampled July 2015 through June 2016. Insufficient documentation errors contribute to more than 50% of the errors. This class will focus on applying the information learned in the Discover Office and Hospital Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services course by using the Novitas Solutions’ interactive score sheet to determine the level of E/M service provided to the beneficiary. This class will discuss medical necessity, how to minimize coding errors, and review common, preventable documentation mistakes that often lead to down coding and overpayments.

Target Audience: Physicians, Non-Physician Practitioners, compliance officers, and billing and coding professionals who have a basic knowledge of E/M services

Explore Medicare Guidelines for Outpatient Services Provided to Inpatients of Other Facilities

Is your facility providing outpatient services to inpatients of another hospital? This class will provide billing guidance for facilities who bill for outpatient service provided to beneficiaries who are inpatients of Long Term Care Hospitals, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities, and Critical Access Hospitals. Participants will learn how to bill for outpatient procedures for overlapping claims, interrupted stays and repeat admissions.

Target Audience: Part A billers and coders

Integrity Matters!

Want to learn more about how to help safeguard the Medicare program? This session will explore the various Medicare contractors that contribute to preventing fraud, waste, and abuse of the Medicare program. We will discuss the new Targeted Probe and Educate process and illustrate how to research denied claims. We will also review important Medicare coverage guidelines and resources to assist in accurate billing and coding.

Target Audience: Compliance Officers, billers and coders for Part A facilities and Part B practices

Journey Through National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) and Medically Unlikely Edits (MUEs)

Selecting the correct modifier to use on claims for NCCI can be challenging. We will journey through the NCCI and MUE edit regulations, explore anatomical modifiers, the 59 modifier and the XE, XS, XP, XU modifiers, discuss methods to avoid common claim denials and rejections, and lastly, problem solve common billing errors using self-service tools. During this class, you will work through claim scenarios to develop a better understanding of how NCCI and MUE edits impact your claims and reimbursements.

Target Audience: This class is for anyone that bills Medicare

Journey through the Part A Financial Reimbursement Process

This Part A session will provide a basic overview of the Medicare Part A reimbursement process. We will discuss common terminology related to the remittance advice, focusing on withholds. We will also conduct an overview of the submission requirements and due dates, for reports such as Credit Balance, PS&R Summary, and Cost Report. Throughout the presentation we will discuss how each resource exchanges financial information in order to reconcile the Medicare reimbursement process

Target Audience: Part A billing and reimbursement staff

Mastering Part A Medicare Secondary Payer Billing

This class will introduce you to Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) basics, eligibility verification best practices, billing requirements, how to navigate the coordination of benefits process and how to prevent common billing errors. The information you will receive in this class will enhance your knowledge and will help to ensure proper billing and coding of MSP claims.

Target Audience: Compliance managers, billers and office staff involved with billing MSP claims to Medicare Part A

Mastering Part B Medicare Secondary Payer Billing

This class will introduce you to Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) basics, eligibility verification best practices, billing requirements, how to navigate the coordination of benefits process and how to prevent common billing errors. The information you will receive in this class will enhance your knowledge and will help to ensure proper billing and coding of MSP claims.

Target Audience: Compliance managers, billers and office staff involved with billing MSP claims to Medicare Part B

Navigating the Basics of Medicare

Are you new to Medicare? This course is for new providers and staff; however, experienced participants are also welcome. This class will focus on the basics of Medicare, covered and non-covered services, information regarding the new Medicare Card, preventive services, Medicare reimbursement, and much more.

Target Audience: New providers and staff, but experienced participants are also welcome

Navigating Part A Medicare Billing

Are you new to Medicare? This course is for new providers and staff; however, experienced participants are also welcome. This class will focus on how to complete and submit Medicare Part A claims, prevent common claim submission errors, interpret remittance advice details, review credit balance reporting, use self-service options, and discuss what to expect after you filed the claim.

Target Audience: New providers and staff, but experienced participants are also welcome

Navigating Part B Medicare Billing

Are you new to Medicare? This course is for new providers and staff; however, experienced participants are also welcome. This class will focus on how to complete and submit Medicare Part B claims, prevent common claim submission errors, interpret remittance advice details, use self-service options and discuss what to expect after you filed the claim.

Target Audience: New providers and staff, but experienced participants are also welcome

Navigating the Provider Enrollment Process

Attend this class for a comprehensive overview of the enrollment process from what applications are required per provider and supplier types for initial enrollment needs, updates or maintenance changes, to revalidation requirements every five years. This enrollment class will help you navigate the types of applications including both paper and electronic and how to complete them accurately and completely to avoid processing delays.

Target Audience: Anyone that handles the Provider Enrollment process

Navigation of the Part A Redetermination and Clerical Error Reopening Process

Appeal or not appeal? This class will focus on the Medicare redetermination and reopening process, also referred to as an appeal. You will learn the different levels of appeals, as well as the difference between a redetermination and a reopening, and how to successfully submit these requests. We will conclude with examples of redeterminations, reopenings, and general inquiries as well as how to utilize Novitasphere and our self-service tools.

Target Audience: Compliance Officers, billers and coders for Part A facilities

Navigation of the Part B Redetermination and Clerical Error Reopening Process

Appeal or not appeal? This class will focus on the Medicare redetermination and reopening process, also referred to as an appeal. You will learn the different levels of appeals, as well as the difference between a redetermination and a reopening, and how to successfully submit these requests. We will conclude with examples of redeterminations, reopenings, and general inquiries as well as how to utilize Novitasphere and our self-service tools.

Target Audience: Compliance Officers, billers and coders for Part A facilities

Novitas Round Table - Part A

Engage in a question and answer panel discussion with Novitas subject matter experts regarding how to keep your patients healthy, the most recent results available for the ESRD Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) review, and best practices to avoid common claim errors.

Target Audience: Compliance Officers, billers and coders for Part A facilities

Novitas Round Table - Part B

Engage in a question and answer panel discussion with Novitas subject matter experts regarding how to keep your patients healthy, the latest information on the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), and the basics of “incident to” services in the office setting. 

Target Audience: Compliance Officers, billers and coders for Part B practices

Novitas Partnership Speaker

Novitas has invited various speakers to partner with us for the 2018 Novitas Solutions Medicare Symposium. Please visit the Novitas Learning Center to discover the partnership speakers available for each location.

Prevent Part A Claim Denials and Rejections

Submitting the claim correctly the first time saves you time and money! This class will allow participants to understand the Part A claim process. You will learn the claims submission guidelines which will assist you in successfully submitting your claims. We will also explore all the self-service tools that will improve efficiency when correcting claims. You will walk away with an increased knowledge on how to prevent claim errors as we provide ways to diagnose and resolve the claim error.

Target Audience: Medicare Part A billing staff

Prevent Part B Claim Denials and Rejections

Submitting the claim correctly the first time saves you time and money! This class will allow participants to understand the Part B claim process. You will learn the claims submission guidelines which will assist you in successfully submitting your claims. We will also explore all the self-service tools that will improve efficiency when correcting claims. You will walk away with an increased knowledge on how to prevent claim errors as we provide ways to diagnose and resolve the claim error.

Target Audience: Part B billers and office staff involved with resolving claim errors

The Path to Proper Modifier Reporting – Part A

One of the most common pitfalls in billing is the utilization of the appropriate modifier. Our path begins with learning the essential tools and techniques on proper modifier billing for Medicare Part A. We will explore the various types of modifiers, proper reporting, and billing examples. We will conclude with sharing valuable resources and references to ensure more efficient coding and billing and help you bill the claim correctly the first time.

Target Audience: All Part A billers and coders

The Path to Proper Modifier Reporting - Part B

One of the most common pitfalls in billing is the utilization of the appropriate modifier. Our path begins with learning the concepts of modifiers 50, 52, 53, 54, 55, 58 78, 79 and how they pertain to surgical procedures during a global period. We will then continue to explore the proper billing of evaluation and management modifiers 24, 25 and 57. We will conclude with sharing valuable resources and references to ensure more efficient coding and billing and help you bill the claim correctly the first time.

Target Audience: This class is for anyone that bills Medicare Part B.

Understanding Skilled Nursing Facility Consolidated Billing

This Medicare Part A/B class will review the skilled nursing facility consolidated billing regulations. Participants will learn the types of providers involved in consolidated billing, included and excluded services, how to access and interpret the annual update coding files, tips for successful billing, utilization self-service tools and methods to avoid common claim errors. The class will conclude with interactive practical application scenarios to reinforce the content reviewed at this session.

Target Audience: This class is for compliance officers and anyone billing for SNF patients


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